How to Solve a 2x2 Rubik's Cube

Introduction: How to Solve a 2x2 Rubik's Cube

I will show you step by step how to solve a pocket cube. Hope fully it will help. Any questions please ask.

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Step 1: Notation

If you already know how to solve a 3x3 you can skip this part. This is notation when i say R the layer to your right is to be moved once clockwise. L is the left layer. U is the top side. D is the bottom layer.

If there is an (') after a letter you turn the side counterclockwise.

If you still do not explain look it up on google their should be a more thorough definition on Notation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIKEvDRuLAg
good 3x3 notation video pratically the same as a 2x2

Below is an example

Step 2: First Layer

First you must choose a layer. I will choose the Green side.
First find a green piece.
Then you find the piece that belongs beside it in my case I picked the green,white, and red piece. I must find a piece that has both green and red. There will only be one. Put this picture in the lower layer. Below where it actually belongs as in the picture. Then put it on the right side and do this algorithm (notations) R' D' R D

Find the next piece and finish the top layer.

Step 3: Next Side

Now we will put what we have finished on the bottom. And work on the next side. Take note I say side here not layer. Because we will be just working on the top colors (blue for me) There is four total ways this can be arranged. If you have no blue colors on the top dont worry how you hold it just do this algorithm R U R' U R U2 R'
If you have 1 blue on top hold it like in the picture and then do the algorithm from above.
If you have 2 blue on top hold it like in the picture and then do the algorithm from above. Or the other way for 2.
If you have 4 on top you are lucky you have to do nothing




Below i have all the examples there are.

Step 4: Finish Cube

Now to finish take a look at the last layer. Find two colors that match up like my black ones here. Put them in the back then do the algorithm R' F R' B2 R F' R' B2 R2

Step 5: Your Done

Now the cube is solved. Any questions then message.

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    14 Discussions

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    HaileyG6
    HaileyG6

    3 years ago

    I'm sorry but I can only ever solve the top layer I get lost after that

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    RayRay800
    RayRay800

    4 years ago

    what do you mean 'like my black ones here' there are no black ones in the photo

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    Frosterz22.
    Frosterz22.

    Reply 3 years ago

    They are on the right side if the white (or yellow i can't tell) side is the up side

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    CommonSparta
    CommonSparta

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 5

    I'm sorry I dont understand what you mean by B please clarify

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    RayRay800
    RayRay800

    Reply 4 years ago

    it's back

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    CommonSparta
    CommonSparta

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 5

    B as in agorithm means the back face if thats what you mean

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    timsbro2000
    timsbro2000

    9 years ago on Step 4

    I must say this step isn't at all clear. let me quite your directions from this step "Now to finish take a look at the last layer. Find two colors that match up like my black ones here. Put them in the back then do the algorithm R' F R' B2 R F' R' B2 R2" "the last layer" not completely clear but I get it. you have solved the opposite side of the cube but each block isn't in the right place. we are trying for that. I'm with you so far. "find two colors that match up like my black ones here" What black ones? you show a single yellow side. and offer no other pictures to go from. but even with that i think I can get some of it. we are looking for two of the same color that are already next to each other, and then we wan't to turn the cube (layer?) so they are n the back. presumably i can then do the algorythm once and it will be solved, (at least that's the way it seems it should work from your description) but instead of solving it it just messes the whole thing back up again. do i need to do it more than once? you don't say. if you could clarify this for me (and for everyone else I'm sure it would be much appreciated

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    SnowflakeHunter
    SnowflakeHunter

    9 years ago on Step 4

    Sorry, I'm lost here? Last step was solving of the two opposite layers, and now you say it is the last layer? Did I miss a step? Also you say we have to find two colors there match up like your black ones here. But the picture show a completed cube? And then we have to put then in the back? How shall the orientate? Because when i do it, I scramble the hole cube again. Sorry if my questions is stupid. Steps 1 to 3 was really helpful, and thats why I wounder what happens here on step 4, where a lot of information is lost :s Thanks in advance...

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    forty848
    forty848

    9 years ago on Introduction

    thanks, i dint have a 2x2 but i have a 4x4 and ive been trying to work out how to do it like a 2x2 ever since i could solve it as a 4x4, once again many thanks

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    HeyJD
    HeyJD

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Is a 2x2 rubiks cube harder or easier than a 3x3? because what I'm seeing here it actually looks hard to solve...

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    Nieya
    Nieya

    10 years ago on Step 4

    TYVM!!!!!!! I learned how to solve it, YAY!